400 schools to be upgraded
JAMMU: The state Government has decided to upgrade 400 schools and establish 16 new degree colleges to fill the accessibility gap.
“Two hundred high schools would be upgraded to Higher Secondary level, while 200 Middle schools would be upgraded to High School Level to fill the accessibility gap in the areas where students have to walk dozens of KMs to attend the classes” said Minister for education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari here at annual day function of Doon International a private school, as the chief Guest.
The minister also informed that the government is in the process of announcing 16 new degree colleges for the deserving areas. He said there are many important tehsils which are still lacking the facility of higher education and they are being provided this facility soon.
World renowned tourist destination Pahalgam in Kashmir and Border Tehsil of RS Pura and many other areas greatly deserve degree colleges and government has decided to meet the demand of people of such towns, Bukhari announced.
Regretting the setback to education sector in past decades, the Minister gave full credit to the teaching fraternity for remaining committed to the cause of education in the times of turbulence. “Teachers both in Government and Private sector deserve all praise for their commitment towards their noble profession and the state is indebted to them” he said adding that the present Government led by Chief Minister is committed to take education sector to new highs.
The Minister also advised the private school association to follow the norms in the appointment of teachers, payment of salary and other incentives to achieve quality of education.